Sunday, February 21, 2021

Free speech social media platform Gab goes mysteriously dark

...The initially mysterious disappearance of Gab comes as alternative social media platforms that claim to be open to free speech have attempted to gain traction amid accusations that social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter censor too much content, singling out conservative content for the most moderation.

Both Gab and Parler, another alternative social media platform, exploded in popularity following the Jan. 6 Capitol riots that eventually led to Trump’s ban from Facebook and Twitter. Parler was banned just days later by Google and Apple’s app stores, and it also lost its hosting arrangement with Amazon Web Services, forcing the platform offline while it tried to find a new host....